2013 No.17 Silver Ranch Riesling Icewine
Honeyed mandarin, quince, ripe apricots, and floral aromatics balanced with Meyer lemon acidity and an unctuous, creamy mouthfeel.
French Clone 49, German Clone 198
November 21st and 22nd, 2013 from our Oliver (83%) and West Kelowna (17%) Estate vineyards. Hand-harvested at -13°C
At Mission Hill Family Estate, handcrafting Icewine is definitely a labour of love considering the below freezing temperatures and early morning start to harvest the frozen grapes. The reward is immeasurable. An exceptional wine that can be enjoyed now, or cellared over the next 5-10 years.
Vintage 2013 was a season of change – early to start, late to finish, and with exceptional flavour potential. A warmer than normal spring brought early budbreak followed by an extremely rainy June that slowed vine growth. Balance was restored with above average temperatures in July and August allowing grapes to mature along a normal ripening curve. The warmest vintage since 2003 cooled off just in time for harvest. In September, heavy rainfall caused significant delays in the grape harvest resulting in our longest picking season ever. Overall, fruit quality was superb for both red and white varietals and the wines are showing excellent balance and character.